The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Training Is Ever Green

Author: Lisa Rinkus
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June 29, 2012

Evolving Instruction Forges Fresh Careers in Growing Energy Efficiency Field [continue reading]

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The Home Performance Super Lab

Author: Chris Baker
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June 29, 2012

The SouthWest Building Science Training Center (SWBSTC) was created in 2004, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, and Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) Home Improvements. The center was created to ... [continue reading]

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Wasting Energy or Catching Fire

Author: Abe Kruger
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April 30, 2012

Builders nationwide are installing more and more home fire sprinkler systems. Often the motivation for installation is the requirement in the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) for automatic fire sprinkler systems in townhomes and one- and ... [continue reading]

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Money Well Spent: A Look at the Recovery Act's WAP Milestones

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March 01, 2012

From the beginning, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was all about the numbers: $5 billion doled out to 50 states, the U.S. territories, and Indian tribes for three ... [continue reading]

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Does Replacing Toilet Fixtures Save Water?

Author: John Koeller
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January 03, 2012

Koeller and Company studied the water savings achieved with toilet fixture replacements in an urban apartment complex. [continue reading]

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Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star: Lessons to Share on Marketing and Rebates

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November 02, 2011

Maryland joined HPwES as a sponsor in late 2007. For four years the program has faced the challenge that every home performance contractor and utility program manager encounters... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

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